Cape Hillsborough Nature Tourist Park – A Truly Unique Place

Sunrise with the Kangaroos and Wallabies at Cape Hillsborough is a Hero experience and widely considered a ‘must see’ for anybody visiting the Mackay Region. Cape Hillsborough Nature Tourist Park is in a unique position to be able to offer its guests an unforgettable experience, with everything from gentle strolls along the shore line, to more challenging bush walks and of course the spectacular sunrises on the beach with our wildlife. 

With a strong family focus, we aim to give every guest the most memorable experience possible. Many of our guests first came here as children themselves, and are now bringing their children, and even their grandchildren. It’s here that memories are made, family traditions upheld, and friendships begun.

Cape Hillsborough Nature Tourist Park is more than just a holiday destination – it’s a story waiting to be told.

Cape Hillsborough was formed over 30 million years ago, and is the starting point of the Cosgrove volcano chain, the longest chain of volcanoes in the world at three times the length of Yellowstone in the United States. Remnants of these long extinct volcanoes contribute to the rugged landscape waiting to be explored by our guests. 

The four well maintained walking trails easily accessible from the Cape Hillsborough Nature Tourist Park take guests through 10 distinct types of vegetation communities, from Mangrove and Salt Pan groves, to Hoop Pine forests and Paperbark woodlands. Along the way, guests will see hundreds of different forms of vegetation, the view gradually changing as you walk from one community to the next. Each of these walks, suitable for most ages and fitness levels, holds its own unique charm, with new experiences around each corner. Andrews Point, for example has stunning lookouts over the ocean, while walking the Yuibera Plant Trail will showcase the area’s rich cultural heritage. 

And then there is our spectacular wildlife. From the famous Eastern Grey Kangaroos and Agile Wallabies, to bright, tiny fireflies, visitors to Cape Hillsborough Nature Tourist Park can see them all during their stay. One of the most unique features of our park is the fact that many species of local wildlife appear withing the Tourist Park and interact passively with our guests, going about their daily business with little interest in humans. These include 22 species of mammals, 25 different reptiles, and around 8 amphibian species. Marine turtles also visit the area, and there are an abundance of fish and other marine life, thanks to the Tourist Parks Net Free Zone. The trees and skies of the Tourist Park abound with around 25 butterfly species and over 135 types of birds. 

A stay at Cape Hillsborough Nature Tourist Park is a truly memorable experience – and a fantastic way to showcase this jewel in the crown of the Mackay Region. 

Come join us soon and let our story become part of you story. 

Ariel of park

Top 10 items to bring camping for a great weekend away

Coming to Cape Hillsborough Nature Tourist Park to camp?

Here’s THE TOP 10 items you’ll want to bring for a great weekend away β›Ί

1. Blankets & pillows πŸ› Bring them to reception and get cozy while we screen a movie on our outdoor cinema 

2. Sunscreen β˜€ SLIP SLOP SLAP (Available for purchase at reception) 

3. Insect repellent πŸœ (Available for purchase at reception)

4. Togs and towel πŸŒŠ For when you go to the beach, fishing or using our new twin water slides  

5. Torch πŸ”¦  we suggest bringing a torch or head lamp for early wake ups or late nights 

6. Fold out camp chair/s πŸ’Ί

7. Camera πŸ“Έ Make sure you tag us in your photos on Facebook and Instagram

8. Food and drinks πŸ₯–πŸ· (Available for purchase from our Diner

9. Fridge or Esky (Ice available for purchase at reception)

10. Good pair of shoes for hikes and adventuring πŸ‘Ÿ Appropriate footwear is needed if you decide to adventure to Orchid Rock, make sure you aim for low tide or come see us at reception for more adventure tips πŸ™‚ 

What’s the 1 thing you never forget to take camping with you?β›Ί

Group campingPhantom Photography 

3 ways to turn screen time into family holiday time

 

1. Jump off the couch and into the water πŸŒŠ

You have the option of the beautiful ocean at your door step or our new twin water slide! πŸ’¦

 

2. Walk away from technology and walk our bush trails instead πŸŒ²

Did you know we have FOUR walking trails to choose from?

Andrews Point, Beachcomber Cove, Yuibera Plant Trail and Diversity Boardwalk, p.s. If you walk Andrews point trail aim for low tide and you can walk across to wedge island, but make sure you wear appropriate shoes πŸ‘Ÿ

 

3. Put down the phone, pick up mini golf β›³

Purchase a $5 day pass at reception and help yourselves to mini golf and more at Cape Hillsborough Nature Tourist Park!

 

3 ways to turn screen time into family holiday time

DISCONNECT TO RECONNECT 

 

Rainy Day Activities

When it’s raining some of your camping adventure plans can get dampened. Fear not though, you can still enjoy your camping trip! Below we have collated a number of activities which you and your family can enjoy while the weather is not so sunny (days like today).

1. Play board games – In the TV and reading lounge we have a number of board game which you can borrow and use during your stay.

2. Make hot chocolates – Nothing warms you up more than a hot chocolate on a cold rainy day.

3. Make you way to the Cape Hillsborough Diner – Enjoy a freshly brewed coffee and perhaps a delicious sweet treat. Or you can opt for some lunch available between 10am and 2pm daily.

4. Tell stories – Reminisce old camping stories and share your experience with other campers.

5. Play card games – Get your competitive side out and see who the best card player is.

6. Have a movie marathon – Indulge in all your favourite movies, while you sit back and listen to the rain fall.

7. Go for a rainy-day stroll once the clouds disappear – everything looks so different during and after rain, see what animals and creatures emerge or what watering holes appear.

8. Read a good book – In our reading and TV lounge we have a book sharing library, where you can borrow books to read during your stay at Cape Hillsborough Nature Tourist Park.

9. Play Ping Pong, Pool or Mini Golf, the choice is yours – visit us at reception and find out how πŸ™‚ 

Rainy days like these are the perfect opportunity for you and your family to disconnect and reconnect with each other whilst listening and enjoying mother nature.

Summer Safety Tips

Summer is the perfect time of the year to head to the beach and try and beat the Australian summer heat. Although heading to beach is the best part of summer, it is also time to remember and refresh yourself and your family on some summer safety tips. Thus, ensuring your beach experience is remembered for all the right reasons.

10 Summer Safety Tips
  1. Slip on a shirt, slop on some sunscreen, slap on a hat, slide on some sunnies, slurp lots of water, seek some shade.
  2. When entering the water wear light clothing, as heavy clothing can affect your ability to swim.
  3. If in doubt, don’t go out. Assess the ocean and your ability to swim before entering the water.
  4. Avoid swimming in the ocean at dusk, dawn or during the night. Only swim in pools if the area is well lit.
  5. Do not consume alcohol and swim or engage in any maritime activity.
  6. Never go fishing or swimming alone, safety in numbers.
  7. Be vigilant when exploring rock pools, sea creatures still inhabit these areas.
  8. Read all the safety signs.
  9. Always enter the water slowly feet first. You never know how deep the water is or what could be lurking below.
  10. When visiting the natural environment remember to only take photographs and leave only footprints’, thus ensuring the delicate ecosystem is not disturbed.

Summer is the perfect time of the year to have fun in the sun at the beach. Follow these 10 tips as a guideline to ensuring your holiday experience is a rememberable one.

Summer safety tips have been adapted from: Surf Life Saving Queensland Fact Sheet  and Water Safety Handbook 8th Edition.

Top 10 Family Activities to do at Cape Hillsborough Nature Tourist Park

Planning your next family trip to Cape Hillsborough Nature Tourist Park?

Looking for some activities to do during your stay to get the family out and about. Below we have collated some of our favourite things, for you and your family to do on your next trip to Cape Hillsborough!

  1. See the Kangaroos and Wallabies on the beach at sunrise.
  2. Venture the four walking trails, admiring the local wildlife – birds and butterflies.
  3. Try spotting Turtles or Whales during there migration season (Best viewing spot is on the Andrews Walking Trial at Turtle Lookout).
  4. Walk to Wedge Island at low tide and explore the watering holes and the creatures that call these pools home.
  5. Explore the coastline for hidden caves.
  6. Adventure through the National Park finding hidden watering holes and destinations.
  7. Play some beach soccer or cricket with the family.
  8. Go for a swim in the ocean or drop a line and try your luck at fishing.
  9. Get creative and build a cubby house on the beach.
  10. Enjoy a delicious lunch at the Cape Hillsborough Diner to refuel to keep exploring the area.

While you are out adventuring and exploring The Cape Hillsborough area, make sure you pack your camera or phone to snap that picture-perfect shot! And don’t forget to share it with us on our social media platforms – Instagram and or Facebook. We love seeing the new places which you explore or discover whilst visiting us here at Cape Hillsborough Nature Tourist Park. #capehillsboroughnaturetouristpark 

Playing cricket on the beach